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Former Employee - Senior Program Manager  in  Seattle, WA (US)
Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

competitive, smart people, creative, awesome

Cons

work life balance, business changes, reviews, software

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pays well - but overly bureaucratic, too many under-performing employees,

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    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager  in  Mountain View, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Principal Program Manager in Mountain View, CA (US)

    I worked at Microsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great health benefits - which are going away in 2013
    Good pay, especially stock + bonus once you reach the principal level and beyond
    Lots of interesting projects & technologies available, with interesting scalability problems
    Good career advancement opportunities given how big the organization is, if you want to move into management/leadership roles

    Cons

    Too big, bureaucratic
    Lots of empire building leading to under-performers getting hired for jobs that they are not qualified for
    People who just don't care about what they're building
    If you work in the Silicon Valley office, communication/coordination issue with HQ and frequent traveling up to Redmond

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring some passion back into the game, trim the fat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Decent company to work for, but is no longer the awesome company it once was.

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    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II  in  Redmond, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET) II in Redmond, WA (US)

    I have been working at Microsoft full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Par salary & benes
    Coworkers were mostly great

    Cons

    Review model encourages backstabbing by less ethical team members
    Review model discourages work/life balance
    Lots of failing upward to be seen...
    Not keeping pace with the incentives provided by other large tech employers
    Company culture has been eroding steadily for the past 15 years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ballmer is a clown. Need someone with a clue at the top.

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